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Tech News: Google's Book Deal Is Bad for Amazon, Great for Everyone Else


Plus, Apple's growth seems to be slowing.

This column highlights the most interesting and useful tech commentary from around the Web each day.
Bloomberg BusinessWeek
Link: A Google Book Deal Is Good for Everyone -- Except Maybe Amazon

"It's possible there was some cheering at Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) last week, when the search giant announced a deal with the Association of American Publishers over its book-scanning project. But it's more likely there was just an overwhelming sense of relief, since the deal amounts to a truce in what has been a grueling seven-year battle. For almost a decade now, Google has been trying to scan and digitize as many books as it can, but it's been stymied by lawsuits from the AAP and the Authors Guild, who claim the scanning process amounts to copyright infringement."

Link: Microsoft Helps to Bring the Popular Mobile Game Contre Jour to the Web
"Contre Jour, the imaginative mobile physics-based puzzle game launched in 2011, is now available on the web. Just like with Cut the Rope for HTML5, the Pulse web app and the recently launched Atari Arcade, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) and the folks at Clarity Consulting helped the Contre Jour team to bring the mobile gaming experience to the (touch-enabled) web."

Link: AMD Launches Its Combo Graphics-Microprocessor Chips for Tablets
"It's taken a while, but Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE:AMD) is finally taking the wraps off Hondo, the code name for its processor chip for tablet computers. The new chips will give Intel a run for its money and offer choice to consumers in the coming Windows 8 launch."

"The new Z-60 tablet accelerated processing unit (or APU) is timely because it will serve as the low-power, high-performance brains of upcoming Windows 8 tablets, according to AMD, which is the largest PC chip maker next to Intel."

Link: Google Inc Expanding Its Supremacy Over the Internet Market
"Search engine giant Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) has started its effort to become a central hub for products and services over the Internet. The ongoing efforts have finally resulted in some positivity as recent reports have suggested that Google TV is going to be a one stop shop for Google Play. Google TV will include all the services from Google Play including all the TV shows, Music and Movies."

Link: Apple Started as a 'Neutral' at Nomura; Growth Looks to Be Slowing
"Computer and mobile device giant Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) on Tuesday received some tepid commentary from analysts at Nomura Securities. The firm initiated coverage on Apple with a 'Neutral' rating and $710 price target, suggesting an 11% upside to the stock's Monday closing price of $638.17."

Link: Frugal Amazon Opens Checkbook for Streaming Video
"According to an executive directly involved in the deal, Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) agreed to an earn-out provision payable to Epix over time if the number of subscribers to Amazon's Prime Instant Video service rises above a certain threshold. That comes in addition to a fixed upfront fee, the basis for most subscription video-on-demand deals up to this point."
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